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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Forgotten Beasts: Amazing Creatures That Once Roamed the Earth by Matt Sewell

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Kellee

**Descending: Finished recently to last Monday**
I’ve stopped summarizing all of the books that Trent & I read, but if you want to see about them, check out my READ bookshelf on Goodreads.

  

  • All the Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton: “After the death of her mother and a three-month hospital stay for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Lennon Davis moves from Maine to Los Angeles to live with her father, his wife Claire, and stepsiblings Andrea and Jacob. Once there, Lennon takes up residence in a stark, gray bedroom where she finds security in the number five. If she taps the doorknob five times or switches the light off five times, over and over again, nothing bad will happen. Her neighbor Kyler Benton takes notice of what seems to be a disco show going on in Lennon’s bedroom across the street. Kyler has his own issues-he hides a facial scar with hair and hoodies-but finds peace playing guitar and writing songs. When the two come together, a musician and his muse, a love story comes to life.”
  • Storybots: Tyrannosaurus Rex: Trent is becoming such a good reader! He read this one to me 🙂
  • Trent & my favorite books that we read this week:
    • My New Friend is So Fun: I thought I had read all of Elephant & Piggie books, but then I found this one!
    • Charlie & Mouse Even Better: Man, I love Laurel Snyder’s two boys!
    • Can I Be Your Dog?: This book would be awesome to teach letter writing and also talk about rescuing animals.
    • Let’s Do Nothing: Can you actually sit and do nothing?? Frankie and Sal are going to find out!
    • (reread) Jasper & Ollie: Trent really does love this book! We may just have to buy it (we’ve been getting it from the library).

Ricki

I’ll return next week! 😊

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Kellee

  • Listening: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson (I am almost done!)
  • Read sporadically: Hero Next Door from We Need Diverse Books
  • Read & maybe listen too: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya (I have the ebook and audiobook)

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Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial by Linda Booth Sweeney

Friday: Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Why We Need International Books in the Classrooms” by J. Kasper Kramer, Author of The Story That Cannot Be Told

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Kellee

 

 

So much reading with my boy! I love that he has to have books, and I love going to the library with him, and I love to see his excitement when he brings new books home from school–so much book love!

  • He loves Fly Guy books! I think he would have me read and read and read them if I would let him.
  • Trent was introduced to Charlie & Mouse and love them which made me so happy!
  • Trent READ ME two books this week: My Dog, Bob and Fox is Late.
  • New to me picture books I really loved (all of which Trent picked out at his school library!): My Dog, Bob by Richard Torrey, Squid and Octopus Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu, Escargot by Dashka Slater, and Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood
  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra: “Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier. But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.”
  • The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: “A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames. With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.”

Ricki

I completely agree with Kellee. It is such a joy to have a kid who is reading! I take great pride in the fact that my kindergartner’s favorite special is media (the library) rather than art, music, and PE. I love all of the specials, but I am so glad he loves media!

Both of my two older sons love the Captain Underpants books. We took a stack of 14 library books back to the library, and they each picked out a new Captain Underpants book to read. I’ve viewed these books from afar for years, and I am suddenly seeing their magic. Both kids (including my 3-year-old son) would sit and listen to the entire chapter book if I kept reading. We take breaks (to their dismay) to squeeze in some books to try to slow the potty humor a bit.

My goodness. How charming is Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks’ Pumpkinheads?! I loved this graphic novel. It made my heart feel so full. Bring on the fall!

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Kellee

  • Starting: All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
  • Listening: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

Ricki

I am still reading several books at once, but I’ve added Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence into the mix. So far, it is excellent. It’s very literary, and I am learning about a time and place that is not very familiar to me.

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Wednesday: Forgotten Beasts: Amazing Creatures That Once Roamed the Earth by Matt Sewell

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Terrible Times Tables by Michelle Markel

Friday: Educators’ Guide for Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland into a Home by Barb Rosenstock

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Kellee

 

Trent is devouring books! Not only are we requesting books from our local library, but he also visits his school library a few times a week! We’ve also recently set the goal to finish all of the SSYRA Jr. books, and at first we had trouble because the ones we didn’t own had a very long hold list, but then I figured out that his school library has ebooks of them! So while we wait for the hardcovers, we’re reading the ebooks.

As you can tell, he already has favorites: Fly Guy, Mo Willems, Dav Pilkey, and colorful books. He was also so excited for a new Nibbles book by Emma Yarlett and to read Please Say Please which he won because he went to our local library’s Angel Paws Story time (where he reads to service dogs) 5 times!

Ricki

This week, I read the adult graphic novel Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back! The anthology features 14 Indian women and details their experiences as women. I liked the variety—both in the subject matter and in the styles, and it was a great read.

My 3-year-old loves Tractor Mac: Autumn is Here by Billy Steers. I like autumn a lot, so I enjoyed reading it and appreciating all of the fall colors.

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Kellee

  • Listening: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
  • Reading: The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  • With Trent: Making our way through the SSYRA Jr. list and the huge pile of library books

Ricki

I am listening to Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Typically, I read YAL, but much of this book is set during the young adult time period of Tara’s life, so I am really loving it.

I am reading Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Linda Hirshman. We are at the #metoo segment of my social movements course, and my colleague (a history professor) assigned this text. I am learning a lot! This one is an adult nonfiction.

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Wednesday: Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial by Linda Booth Sweeney

Friday: Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Why We Need International Books in the Classrooms” by J. Kasper Kramer, Author of The Story That Cannot Be Told

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Growing to Greatness: Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad

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Kellee

  • The Bad Seed and The Good Egg by Jory John: Funny yet with an awesome theme!
  • Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus, Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester, Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner, In One Ear Out the Other by Michael Dahl, and We Love Our School by Judy Sierra: Trent’s class has started going to the library a couple of times a week, and Trent is loving picking out books to bring home to read. He also has Book Buddies on Friday, so he gets to read with a 3rd grader named Nathaniel. It is amazing how Trent’s teacher is instilling the love of reading in her students! Out of these, Mr. Wuffles is definitely Trent’s favorite!
  • Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey: Jim and Trent finished the first Captain Underpants, and they had a great time reading it together!
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett: “After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel.”
  • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez: “How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick.”

Ricki

This week, I read the YA book manuscript of my dear friend, Bryan Gillis. Many of the readers of this blog know how active Bryan is in YAL world, and I felt very honored to be one of his first readers. I can’t say anything about the book, but I know it will be published!

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Kellee

  • Starting: Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi
  • Resuming: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
  • With Trent: We’re reading a bunch of picture books right now 🙂

Ricki

I saw Bettina Love speak at CU-Boulder a couple of weeks ago, and I knew I had to get her book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. So far, I’ve quoted/shown three passages from this book to my students. It’s that good.

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Wednesday: Terrible Times Tables by Michelle Markel

Friday: Educators’ Guide for Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland into a Home by Barb Rosenstock

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by commenting below then visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Obstacle or Opportunity or Both” by Ocelot Emerson, Author of Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders

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Kellee

  • More Mr. Putter and Tabby from Cynthia Rylant! I just love these books and so does Trent.
  • I mentioned to Josh Funk that Albie Newton was the one of his books we didn’t have, and VIOLA it ends up at our house. I just love Josh’s books. They’re so fun but also have good messages. This one is no different.
  • I cannot wait to read the second book in Hope Larson’s Compass South series. This story of two twins on a crazy sea and land adventure.
  • Oscar the Octopus by Matthew Van Fleet takes us through the months and fun sea creatures. Trent and I had a great conversation about where these creatures’ habitats are and where we think the Oscar lives.
  • Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee is about Lenny Spink. “Her little brother, Davey, suffers from a rare form of gigantism and is taunted by other kids and turned away from school because of his size.”

Ricki

I am with extended family this weekend, so I am unable to post, but I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Kellee

  • Reading: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
  • Listening: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Reading with Trent: More Mr. Putter and Tabby books
  • Jim reading with Trent: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Was listening to, but paused to listen to the library audiobook: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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Wednesday: Growing to Greatness: Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Creative Writing Prompts for Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Bonding a Classroom Over Books: Read Aloud as a Community Builder” by Kristin Thorsness, Author of The Wicked Tree

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Kellee

  • As you probably know, Trent is a Dav Pilkey fan, so when we saw Dogzilla at his book fair, we grabbed it!
  • The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! is hilarious! I just love the pigeon.
  • Trent and I are loving the Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant! Who would think that a book about an old man and cat would be so much fun to read!

As for me, Lots of reading this week, but I didn’t finish anything. But I am reading 4 books! 🙂

Ricki

This week, I reread The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein. A friend once said that this is a must-read for all in the profession (and everyone). I agreed with her after I read it. It gives a great history of the profession! Even the most informed teacher folks will find new information in it.

I also finished Making All Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby. This book is excellent. The author is very clearly an expert, and I appreciated her thoughts.

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Kellee

  • Listening but paused: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
  • Now Listening to (my library hold is in while the other I own): Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Reading: Compass South by Hope Larson
  • Reading: Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
  • Jim Reading with Trent: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Ricki

I am feeling indecisive about which book I’ll tackle next week. 🙂

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Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Obstacle or Opportunity or Both” by Ocelot Emerson, Author of Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Weird But True: Class Collaborative Research Activity

Friday: Teachers’ Guide for Charlie & Mouse updated with Charlie & Mouse Even Better by Laurel Snyder

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Picture Book That Started As An Assignment” by Stephanie Ward, Author of Arabella and the Magic Pencil

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Kellee

  • Superbuns!: Kindness is her SuperPower by Diane Krednesor: What a wonderful book! It would fit wonderfully with my kindness yearly beginning of the year activity where students and I talk about what kindness is and how it can change lives–Superbuns and her sister, Blossom, emulate the message!
  • The Adventures of SuperHero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks: I really love Friends with Boys and Nameless City, so when I saw that my library had this title as an ebook, I grabbed it, and I loved this story of
  • Salem Hyde: Frozen Fiasco by Frank Cammuso: This series is so much fun and so cute–I can’t wait to read it with Trent!
  • Star Scouts: The Invasion of Scuttlebots by Mike Lawrence: Seems like the final Star Scouts book, and it has a great story and message.
  • Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts: BEAUTIFUL! Find this and enjoy, Potter fans!
  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell: As I’d assumed after Cece Bell talked about this book at ALA Annual, Trent thought it was hilarious!!!
  • Disney Read Alongs!: Love that we can fill our car time with listening and reading along to books.
  • Narwhal by Katie Marsico: Trent LOVES Narwhals, so at the Natural History Museum where there was a Narwhal exhibit, Trent and I got this nonfiction book. Very informative!
  • Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima: Wow–what an ending!
  • I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black: This one became a Trent favorite as soon as we read it!

Ricki

I haven’t finished any books this week, but I’ve read a few dozen journal articles. 🙂

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Kellee

  • Listening but paused: Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
  • Now Listening to (my library hold is in while the other I own): Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Reading: Compass South by Hope Larson

Ricki

This week, I am reading The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein. It is very good!

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Wednesday: Creative Writing Prompts for Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Bonding a Classroom Over Books: Read Aloud as a Community Builder” by Kristin Thorsness, Author of The Wicked Tree

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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